On this day in 1959, The Illustrated London Newsshared a fantastic image of Agatha Christie and her gardener holding large trophies for their entries at the Brixham Horticultural Flower Show.
In the photo, Christie's gardener is grasping three trophies, and Agatha, wearing a bright floral dress, looks pleased as punch to be holding a large prize of her own.
No doubt, the entries were from Greenway, which Agatha described as “the loveliest place in the world.”
Agatha set two of her novels at Greenway; Five Little Pigs and Dead Man’s Folly.
Greenway was her holiday home, along the River Dart. Greenway is now managed by the National Trust. It's a great place to visit. British Heritage Travel says, "The house itself is surrounded by gardens—walled gardens, conservatories, orchards, and woodland gardens. Through the spring months here on the English Riviera, the climate produces an early profusion of rhododendron, camellias, and the like. The gardens at Greenway have been open to the public since 2003. They are elegant and well-tended."